3rd Grade Monthly Newsletters

What are our 3rd graders up to? Take a look to find out!

Important Dates & Reminders

Important Dates

  • May 2 - Reading SOL 
  • May 11 - Math SOL
  • May 16 - Math iReady
  • May 18 - Reading iReady
  • May 29 - No School

 

 

*Dates subject to change

 

Reminders

  • Please remember to have your child read daily for at least 20 minutes.
  • Please have your child complete their weekly homework and return it every Friday. 
  • Please have your child remember to bring their recorder to school on their assigned Music day
  • Please have your child wear appropriate shoes on days they have PE. If you don't know which days your child has PE, please reach out to your child’s teacher

See what our 3rd Graders are learning.

May

Language Arts

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our testing as a genre unit, students will learn new skills and strategies while also transferring all they’ve learned from previous genres to the reading and testing of short passages. Students will receive specific instruction learning to take a standardized test. They will develop a sense of agency around taking tests so that they are motivated and energized on test days. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review and practice using testing strategies
  • Incorporate more time for students to read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia, MyOn, and SOL Pass
  • Visit your local library

Math

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our probability unit, students deepen their understanding of probability by performing experiments. Students use terms such as, “impossible, unlikely, equally likely, likely, and certain” to describe the probability of a specific outcome. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review previous mathematical strategies
  • Have students play different spinner games, rock/paper/scissor, or dice games and predict who will win and why. Then record the data as you play a series of rounds and analyze or reflex on your findings. 
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math, Reflex, and SOL Pass

Advanced Math

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our multiplication and division unit, students apply their knowledge of multiplication and division concepts from previous units. Students develop their own strategies and algorithms for multiplying and dividing large numbers.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review previous mathematical strategies
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math, Reflex, and SOL Pass

Science & Social Studies

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our social studies unit, students will learn how civilizations have geographically changed over time in ancient Greece. Students will also learn how the contributions of ancient Greece continue to influence our world today. 
  • In our social studies unit, students will participate in investigations and observations that will provide them with a basic understanding of net force, simple machines, and compound machines.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Ask discussion questions such as: 
    • In what ways do the contributions and accomplishments of Ancient Greece continue to influence the world today?
    • In what ways do people use natural, human, and capital resources to get what they need (basic needs), or want?
    • How do machines make everyday tasks easier? 
    • How can machines affect force?
    • How might a force act on an object?

AAP Curiculum & Strategies

A few of the AAP curriculum and strategies that third grade students have engaged in this month are a Jacob’s Ladder on Rosa Parks. Ask your child more about which strategies they engaged within their classroom in this month.

2nd Quarter (December, January, February)

Language Arts

February

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our content area research unit, students learn how to develop questions they’d like to research, seek out a variety of sources of information, gather their research through note-taking, and create a final product that teaches others. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Incorporate more time for students to read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library. Check out books on the country they are researching.

 

January

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our critical literacy book club unit, students explore the various types of traditional tales and go on journeys with the characters and learn lessons alongside them. Students develop a critical lens by digging beneath the surface and asking questions without a known answer.
  • In our story innovations writing unit, students will write their own stories drawing on their experiences with a range of traditional text and literature.
  • In our content area research unit, students learn how to develop questions they’d like to research, seek out a variety of sources of information, gather their research through note-taking, and create a final product that teaches others. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Ask your child discussion questions such as: Why do you think the author wrote this story? What does the author want you to believe or do? What do you believe about this topic? Who has the power in the story? What are some interesting facts on the country you are researching?
  • Watch movie versions of The Ice Queen (Frozen), Rapunzel (Tangled), Moana,  and more modern tales. Afterwards, ask your child how the story might change if it were told from a different point of view, if the setting changed, or the problem changed.
  • Incorporate more time for students to read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library. Check out fractured fairy tales (a classic fairy tale with a modern twist), the same fairy tales by different authors, or books on the country they are researching.

 

December

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our critical literacy book club unit, students explore the various types of traditional tales and go on journeys with the characters and learn lessons alongside them. Students develop a critical lens by digging beneath the surface and asking questions without a known answer.
  • In our story innovations writing unit, students will write their own stories drawing on their experiences with a range of traditional text and literature.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Ask your child discussion questions such as: Why do you think the author wrote this story? What does the author want you to believe or do? What do you believe about this topic?
  • Watch movie versions of The Ice Queen (Frozen), Rapunzel (Tangled), Moana,  and more modern tales. Afterwards, ask your child how the story might change if it were told from a different point of view, if the setting changed, or the problem changed.
  • Incorporate more time for students to read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library. Check out fractured fairy tales (a classic fairy tale with a modern twist) or the same fairy tales by different authors.

Math

February

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In part two of our multiplication and division unit, students will continue to develop an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will continue to explore the ideas of multiplication and division by solving real world problems that involve composing and decomposing units into groups. 
  • In our addition and subtraction unit, students build on their knowledge of three-digit numbers and explore how it extends to six-digit numbers. Students continue to build meaning for addition and subtraction through problem solving.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students identify place and value in three and four digit numbers
  • Have students practice addition and subtraction strategies
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

 

January

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our geometry unit, students will  identify, describe, compare, and contrast plane and geometric figures. They also learn specific components such as points, line segments, rays, and lines in plane figures. In addition, students explore patterns involving geometric shapes as well as create and extend patterns.
  • In part two of our multiplication and division unit, students will continue to develop an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will continue to explore the ideas of multiplication and division by solving real world problems that involve composing and decomposing units into groups. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students practice identifying and describing geometric figures. 
  • Have students practice multiplication and division strategies at home (skip counting, repeated addition, equal sharing)
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math.

 

December

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our fraction unit, students deepen their understanding of fraction concepts. These concepts include modeling fractions, naming and writing fractions, and comparing fractions.
  • In our geometry unit, students will  identify, describe, compare, and contrast plane and geometric figures. They also learn specific components such as points, line segments, rays, and lines in plane figures. In addition, students explore patterns involving geometric shapes as well as create and extend patterns.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students practice naming and writing fractions and mixed numbers represented by models or symbols.
  • Have students practice identifying and describing geometric figures. 
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math.

Advanced Math

February

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In part two of our multiplication and division unit, students will continue to develop an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will continue to explore the ideas of multiplication and division by solving real world problems that involve composing and decomposing units into groups. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students practice multiplication and division strategies at home (skip counting, repeated addition, equal sharing)
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math.

 

January

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our decimals unit, students extend their understanding of fractions and place value to begin developing an understanding of decimal numbers. Students use models to compare and order decimals and apply their understandings of whole number addition and subtraction to adding and subtracting decimal numbers. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Expose students to different everyday uses of decimals such as: money, length, weight, or more. 
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math.

 

December

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our addition and subtraction unit, students extend their knowledge of place value to numbers in the millions. Students apply these understandings and skills to increase their computational fluency and accuracy with addition and subtraction.
  • In our decimals unit, students extend their understanding of fractions and place value to begin developing an understanding of decimal numbers. Students use models to compare and order decimals and apply their understandings of whole number addition and subtraction to adding and subtracting decimal numbers. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a nine-digit whole number.
  • Have students practice addition and subtraction problems of whole numbers each 999,999 or less.
  • Expose students to different everyday uses of decimals such as: money, length, weight, or more.

Science & Social Studies

February

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our social studies unit, students will learn how civilizations have geographically changed over time in ancient China. Students will also learn how the contributions of ancient China continue to influence our world today. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Ask your discussion questions such as: 
    • In what ways do the contributions and accomplishments of Ancient China continue to influence the world today?
    • In what ways do people use natural, human, and capital resources to get what they need (basic needs), or want?

 

January

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our science unit, students will identify how our choices and behaviors can impact our local water as a part of the larger water cycle.
  • In our social studies unit, students will learn how civilizations have geographically changed over time in ancient egypt. Students will also learn how the contributions of ancient Egypt continue to influence our world today. 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review bodies of water with your students (oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, etc)
  • Ask your discussion questions such as: 
    • How does the water cycle impact the environment?
    • How do our actions impact water sources? 
    • Why do we need to conserve water?
    • In what ways do the contributions and accomplishments of Ancient Egypt continue to influence the world today?
    • In what ways do people use natural, human, and capital resources to get what they need (basic needs), or want?

 

December

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our science unit, students will identify how our choices and behaviors can impact our local water as a part of the larger water cycle.

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review bodies of water with your students (oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, etc)
  • Ask your discussion questions such as: 
    • How does the water cycle impact the environment?
    • How do our actions impact water sources? 
    • Why do we need to conserve water?

1st Quarter (November, October, & September)

Language Arts

November

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our nonfiction unit, students are learning how to navigate and use various nonfiction text features and organizational patterns to comprehend information in their nonfiction texts and the world around them.
  • In our functional texts unit, students are learning to explore a variety of types of functional texts to understand the author’s purpose and to locate and interpret information
  • In our nonfiction writing unit, students select their own topics based on interest and background knowledge to write complex and comprehensive All About books that involve sophisticated organizational and text structures.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Expose students to various functional texts (receipts, menus, articles, etc).
  • Encourage students to read more nonfiction texts on various topics. Ask students to share their new learning after reading.
  • Incorporate more time for students to read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library

October

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our characters unit, we are learning to engage with the characters in our books by linking our own background and experiences to the events in the story. Students will react and connect to the character’s actions, words, and choices. In this unit, students are making more meaningful connections to deepen their understanding of the character and the text as a whole.
  • In our personal narrative unit, students share the stories of their lives by writing personal narratives. They gather writing ideas by reflecting on their own daily personal experiences.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • When reading independently, ask your child to describe the character, what connections they might make, or how the character has changed throughout the story.
  • Encourage your child to share stories about experiences daily.
  • Incorporated more time to have students read independently at home. 
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library

September

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Building a community of readers and writers. 
  • Practicing routines and procedures around reading and writing workshops.
  • Developing their own reading identities by discovering their needs, interests, and habits
  • Engaging with others in thoughtful discussions develops ideas and perspective. 
  • Understanding that writing is a challenging process in which writers make decisions about topic, form, craft, and process.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Incorporated more time to have students read independently at home. 
  • Read with your child and have them practice jotting notes about interesting parts of the book.
  • Give children a writing prompt (i.e. How was your first few weeks at school? If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?)
  • Log on to Schoology to access resources such as Lexia and MyOn
  • Visit your local library

Math

November

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In this unit, students develop an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will develop and apply strategies for basic multiplication facts and the related division facts. 
  • In this unit, students deepen their understanding of fraction concepts. These concepts include modeling fractions, naming and writing fractions, and comparing fractions

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students practice multiplication and division strategies at home (skip counting, repeated addition, equal sharing)
  • Have students practice naming and writing fractions and mixed numbers represented by  models or symbols.
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

October

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Students build on their knowledge of two- and three-digit numbers and explore how it extends to four-digit numbers. Students continue to build meaning for addition and subtraction through problem solving.
  • In this unit, students develop an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will develop and apply strategies for basic multiplication facts and the related division facts. 

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students identify place and value in three and four digit numbers
  • Have students practice addition and subtraction strategies
  • Have students practice multiplication and division strategies at home (skip counting, repeated addition, equal sharing)
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

September

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Students will be learning time, temperature, and data.
  •  Students are learning to tell time to the nearest minute and read temperature in both degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius
  • Students are learning to read and analyze bar graphs and pictographs

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have children practice telling time with an analog and digital clock. 

             

Analog Clock            Digital Clock

 

  • Have children practice reading temperature on a thermometer.
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

Advanced Math

November

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In this unit, students extend their knowledge of place value to numbers in the millions. Students apply these understandings and skills to increase their computational fluency and accuracy with addition and subtraction.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students read, write, and identify the place and value of each digit in a nine-digit whole number.
  • Have students practice addition and subtraction problems of whole numbers each 999,999 or less
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

October

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Students are developing  an understanding of multiplication and division. Students will develop and apply strategies for basic multiplication facts and the related division facts. 
  • In this unit, students deepen their understanding of fraction concepts. These concepts include modeling fractions, naming and writing fractions, comparing fractions, and finding equivalent fractions

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Have students identify place and value in three and four digit numbers
  • Have students practice addition and subtraction strategies
  • Have students practice multiplication and division strategies at home (skip counting, repeated addition, equal sharing)
  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

September

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Students are learning to build on their knowledge of two- and three-digit numbers and explore how those understandings extend to four-digit numbers.
  • Students continue to build on their addition and subtraction strategies through problem solving and exploration.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Log on to Pine Spring Student Web to access resources such as ST Math

Social Studies & Science

November

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • In our social studies unit, the students learn how geographic features may impact daily life for people around the world.
  • In our science unit, students will identify how our choices and behaviors can impact our local water as a part of the larger water cycle.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Review continents, oceans, landforms, and map skills with students at home.
  • Review bodies of water with your students (oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, etc)
  • Ask your discussion questions such as: 
    • How does the water cycle impact the environment?
    • How do our actions impact water sources? 
    • Why do we need to conserve water?

October

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • The Ladybugs unit engages students in investigations and observations that will provide them with a basic understanding of the systems, order, and organization of the natural world.
  • Students also learn about the relationships among organisms in food chains. Students will discover how ecosystems support many plants and animals.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Going on walks and having students share observations they notice in their environment
  • Brainstorm animals that change overtime
  • Identify living and nonliving things and their home and habitat

September

WHAT ARE WE LEARNING

  • Understanding diverse perspectives and cultures when considering local, national, and world issues.
  • Learning to demonstrate empathy, compassion, and respect for others
  • Identifying learning goals for the new school year.

 

HOME PRACTICES

  • Discussion questions to ask: 
    • What is the same and different about rules in our homes, our classroom, our school, online, and in our community?
    • What makes a rule a “good rule”?
    • How do our choices affect others?
    • What are your hopes and dreams for third grade? What do you hope to learn or get better at?